Online Gambling Industry Issued Haiyan Relief Challenge

Published Tuesday, November 12, 2013 -
Online Gambling Industry Issued Haiyan Relief Challenge

The recent biggest ever recorded storm has devastated the Philippines and is still headed to other parts of the region where the people are scrambling to find shelter. The mass destruction wrought by super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it is otherwise known as is hard to put in perspective with so much loss the region will be years getting back to some sort of normalness.

Aid from governments and organizations from the around the world are pouring in to the destroyed areas but all of it seems like a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed. In absolute chaos in the storm ravaged areas is difficult to sort out. There have been reports of armed men looting the cities for food and fuel. World leaders are starting to react to the fact that storms of this magnitude are becoming more frequent and that climate change has something to do with it.

Efforts to bring relief to the island nation have been hampered by the destruction of the airports and ports. Tacloban a city of 220,000 residents is the worst hit and has been the scene of the worst pillaging.

The online gambling industry has been issued a challenge from the Calvin Ayre Foundation which it says will match all donations made by the online gambling industry dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000. On top of the matching pledge, Calvin Ayre has personally pledged $200,000 of his own money towards the relief efforts.

Additionally to the matching donations, the Calvin Ayre Foundation is in the process of adopting a village in the damaged area where the group will directly self-administer the assistance to the people in need. It was suggested that the industry gives back something to the generous region and the wonderful people of the nation. The other recommended charities by Calvin Ayre’s Foundation are the Philippine Red Cross and ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation.

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